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Recidivism in Philadelphia

Paul Heroux | Posted 12.27.2011 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Jail is one of the largest recipients of persons with a serious mental illness. Is incarceration the best our society can do for people in need in America? It is incumbent upon the private and public sectors to make sure that help is available.

Drug Courts: Enter At Your Own Risk

Margaret Dooley-Sammuli | Posted 02.14.2012 | Crime
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli

The drug war is forty years old this year. It's time to step back and ask ourselves what's the best way to solve the problem we're trying to solve -- how to reduce drug abuse and addiction -- and use the best available evidence to guide us.

Family Support Imperative for Prison Inmates

Maureen Murdock | Posted 11.23.2011 | Crime
Maureen Murdock

As time got short, we decided to have our picture taken. We were told to stand in front of a backdrop of blue skies with white fluffy clouds. The photo was blurred and the color was off, but we both smiled like we were somewhere in the Bahamas instead of a steel gray barbed wire enclosed sterile room.

No Redemption for Ex-Offender by Tulane's Law School Students

Anthony Papa | Posted 11.16.2011 | Crime
Anthony Papa

For the crime Bruce Reilly committed a life-time ago, he is now going through the ringer because of the stigma brought on by carrying the "scarlet letter" of being an ex-offender.

Toward an Industry of Peace

Elena Quintana | Posted 11.12.2011 | Chicago
Elena Quintana

When I was growing up I learned that, although not perfect, the United States had the "best justice system in the world." That bill of goods can not even be faintly passed off with a straight face to today's schoolchildren.

Invest in Young Men and Boys of Color Now

Robert Schwartz | Posted 10.17.2011 | Impact
Robert Schwartz

In reality, it does not take very much to make a positive difference in a young man's life. Unfortunately, it takes even less to make a negative difference. If we continue to ignore the issues in our state in relation to boys and men of color, we will squander the human capital talent we have in our state.

Reducing Recidivism: The Challenge of Successful Prisoner Re-Entry

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Programs won't ever reduce recidivism to zero, but if we can reduce it and improve the lives of offenders and potential victims, we must.

Reducing Prison Overcrowding, Improving Justice and Preventing Crime

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.16.2011 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Prison is necessary. But there are many forms of punishment -- prison isn't our only option. Just as there are many forms of medicine to address illness, there also should be many forms of intervention to address the many forms criminal behavior.

Investing in Our Youths

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

America can't succeed in the future when our children, especially minority youths, aren't given the tools and the chances necessary to thrive in today's global economy.

Why We Can't Incarcerate Our Way Out of Crisis

Wes Moore | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Wes Moore

Innovative programs such as the Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS) have long proven that departing from the large, prison-like correctional institutions in favor of smaller, regionally dispersed facilities is quantifiably and qualitatively more effective.

Prisons and Politics

Michael Santos | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Michael Santos

My experience of living in prison for 24 years convinces me that our prison system has a design to perpetuate failure. Politics is behind that system.

New Study: With Prison, Try a Little Tenderness

Russ Baker | Posted 07.28.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

In prison, if you treat people like animals, and surround them with unspeakable atrocity and terror on a daily basis, they don't come out very nice people.

Pastor Of Second Chances

Katherine Marshall | Posted 07.28.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Homeboy Industries today is a bustling bundle of different offices and departments. A non-profit organization, it is proud to call itself the largest gang rehabilitation program anywhere.

A Shot Heard 'Round the World? Social Impact Bonds Bring Social Innovation to the Bay State

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 07.09.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Greenblatt

SIBs represent the dawn of a new era, one that will accelerate the evolution of the Impact Economy.

Director Tony Godinez and the Challenges Facing the Illinois Department of Corrections

John Maki | Posted 07.05.2011 | Chicago
John Maki

Director Godinez is exceptionally qualified, with almost 40 years of corrections experience. This experience should serve him well as he confronts the significant challenges facing IDOC.

Fiscal Conservatives Should Want Colorado Parolees to Succeed

Mike Krause | Posted 06.21.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

Technical parole revocations back to prison (where there is not a new crime, but rather some violation of the terms of parole) is an available area for lawmakers to seek out reforms for cost savings.

Saving Lives: Contest to Create Jobs for the Formerly Incarcerated

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anthony Papa

With more states looking for an economic solution to solve their budgetary problems, more prisoners are being released early from their sentences.

Meet Lynn Gaubatz, Founder Of Adopt A Library

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

One person's pile of dusty books is another person's gateway to higher education. Lynn Gaubatz, an acclaimed bassoonist and avid reader, knew fr...

Project 180: Bringing Together Ex-Offenders and Organic Farming

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tamar Abrams

Last fiscal year, 37,509 inmates were released from Florida state prisons; within the next three years, as many as half of them will return.

Time to "Think Outside the Box" on CORI Reform

David Chura | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Chura

Originally CORI laws were designed to help employers make responsible, informed decisions when hiring, and thus to protect citizens from harm and abuse. But these laws have actually turned out to be an impediment to that very protection.

Call for Prison Reform

Michael Santos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Santos

Until we make prisoner rehabilitation and redemption real and institutional, we're teaching people how to be comfortable in prison, and they'll keep coming back for longer and longer.

Crimmigration: How Misdemeanor Offenses Are Becoming Modern-Day Jim Crow Laws

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

In his recently released book "Texas Tough: The Rise of a Prison Empire", author Robert Perkinson analyzes the life and times of America's harshest, l...

Open Letter to Otisville: Was That a Prison or a College?

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

I would like to commend Federal Correction Institution Otisville in Otisville, N.Y. for the tremendous work they are doing educating their population on ways to advance the economic progress of our society.

Colorado Prison Population's Decline Could Save State $160 Million In 2013

The Denver Post | Michael Booth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

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From Prison Greens to Green Jobs

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anthony Papa

Last week a unique program was launched by the Osborne Association's Green Career Center to help former prisoners who want to become productive citizens find green jobs.